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Linux Foundation launches online devops course in move to increase experience

The online course focused on devops follows the Linux Foundation’s work earlier this year on online classes targeting OpenStack

The development and operations model is quickly becoming a central focus for companies looking to take advantage of software and information technology in order to increase agility and streamline operations using devops. However, there appears to be a shortfall in terms of qualified employees.

The Linux Foundation, which hosts a number of network software groups like Open Platform Network Functions Virtualization and OpenDaylight, is looking to bolster the ranks of workers familiar with devops through the launch of a new online course.

The free course, dubbed “Introduction to devops: transforming and improving operations,” is being offered through nonprofit online learning platform EdX beginning Nov. 16. John Willis is set as course instructor, with the Linux Foundation noting his more than 35 years of experience in IT infrastructure and operations and as co-author of the “Devops Handbook.”

The course is said to focus on “three basic principles of devops” outlining the “values and philosophies that guide devops process and practices.” Stated topics include the need for devops; understanding the devops foundation, principles and practices; understanding, analyzing and mapping value streams; explaining and implementing the deployment pipeline; and illustrating the concept of continuous delivery, among other topics.

The free course involves six chapters, each with a “short graded quiz,” and a final exam that is required in order to complete the course. While “attending” the course is free, there is a $99 verified certification of completion available.

The open source organization noted the course is targeted at filling a need for increased workforce experience.

“Devops is a rapidly growing career field, which provides strong job security, highly competitive compensation and opportunities for growth, but there is a lack of experience and talent in the market that need to be remedied,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, in a statement. “From our past experience, we knew EdX was the best partner to help address this lack of talent by providing a platform to make devops education easily accessible.”

The Linux Foundation launched an online course earlier this year focused on OpenStack. Mirantis, which specializes in OpenStack, said it witnessed a doubling in the number of students taking its OpenStack training program last year, swelling to more than 5,000 people in 2015 compared with its 2014 numbers. Mirantis noted it added two new courses and 15 new locations in 2015, pushing its availability to 85 locations worldwide.

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